The Lost Generation

My mom shared this poem with me last night and I was immediately offended when she read it to me. But then she reversed it, as the poem suggests, and I saw it an entirely new light. I invite you to watch the video and/or read the poem below. I believe that these words exemplify our generation; we have a message to share, but a stigma to overcome. Yet I am confident that we will be the ones to reverse the world’s situation and I think that begins with the happiness you have within.
The Lost Generation: By Jonathan Reed
I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
work
is more important than
family
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.
And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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  1. My 5 Daily Gratitudes:

    1. Pictures: I love looking back on memories. I bought a bunch of picture frames today and I can’t wait to give them to my friends as presents when we ring in the new school year.

    2. Hitting the gym: It’s time to get in tip top shape again! I love to read while I bike.

    3. Writing to Ira: I’m always so happy to receive a letter from my pen pal, Ira, who is a 13 year old in Indonesia. We have a translator that helps us converse; we have been sharing letters for over five years now.

    4. Speaking: I had two speaking opportunities today and I met so many kind and intriguing people. As my mentor Kathy Wertheim says, “Speak often so that you can fail faster.” I am trying to do this so that I can learn from my mistakes and improve quickly. It was invaluable to hear five evaluations of my speeches and the kind words gave me a boost of confidence.

    5. Spending time with my family: I love spending the end of the day with my parents and my precious cat, Kiko. We just laugh, talk, and enjoy each other’s company. Tonight’s emphasis was on hummingbirds, which is the topic of an upcoming speech.

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